Ohio Department of Education State Superintendent Visits WHS Project Booth
Paolo DeMaria, State Superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education, stopped by the Technology and Engineering Showcase in the Lausche building at the Ohio State Fair this week.
At the Westlake High School booth, Technology & Engineering teacher Scott Kutz discussed the projects with DeMaria and highlighted some of their unique work. Beyond the architecture, 3D design, engineering, and entrepreneur projects, Kutz explained a capstone project created by senior ERIC KRONZ in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Drone Technology class. Kronz programmed a Parrot Mambo drone to fly autonomous patterns that mirror math functions in 3D space to see it in a vertical orientation instead of how it’s typically sketched on 2D graph paper.
In other news, two students from the Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) department served as ambassadors on the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board.
MICKEY HAMILA (junior) is serving his first year on the Junior Fair Board. KAITLIN WILLI (2019 grad) is serving her second year on the Junior Fair Board. The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board (JFB) is comprised of 19 members from across the state between 16 and 19 years of age who represent the various youth organizations that participate at the Ohio State Fair each year.
HAMILA and WILLI, along with Jackie Brandon of Dublin Coffman High School and Hunter Shane of Riverdale High School, are representing their high school Technology & Engineering departments.
Students on the JFB are actively involved with the annual Ohio State Fair on a daily basis. In most cases, members serve for a two-year term during this paid internship.
Responsibilities of the JFB vary from year to year, but each member serves as an ambassador between their youth organization, the Fair and the fair-going public. They assist during the nightly concerts in the Celeste Center and with various competitions for youth. They deliver and present awards, drive courtesy cars and assist with many other programs and activities throughout the 12 days of the Ohio State Fair.